(CBS NEWS) -- House Speaker John Boehner on Friday formally invited President Obama to deliver the State of the Union address on February 12.
nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people
expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful
solutions," Boehner wrote in a letter to the president. "This will
require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential
leadership. For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome
an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing
America's great challenges."
The speech, delivered before
a joint session of Congress, will come at a contentious time for
lawmakers: The Treasury is expected to hit the $16.4 trillion debt limit
sometime between mid-February and March, while Congress will have to
address the steep "sequestration" spending cuts set to go into effect on
Mr. Obama's Feb. 12 speech will be his fourth State of the
Union. His first speech before a joint session of Congress, in 2009, was
not formally considered a State of the Union address since he had just